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Planning for Examinations and Results

Summer 2023 Exams - The Education Hub - Exams in 2023 – everything you need to know

A & AS Level Results day for Summer 2023 is on Thursday 17 August from 8:00 am at Sixth form Hall

GCSE Results day for Summer 2023 is on Thursday 24 August from 10:00 am at tbc

On Results Day if a student requires a posted copy, on Headed paper, of their results they can either send a stamped addressed envelope to the Exams Officer via Reception or email from their school email account giving details of  the name and address where they would like to receive the results , please note they will not be posted until the afternoon on the relevant Results day.  If a student requires an emailed version please email, please note they will not be emailed until later on the Results Day.

Exam Timetables

Dates for Summer 2023 

A Level - Monday 15 May 2023 to Friday 23rd June

GCSE - Monday 15 May 2023 to Tuesday 20 June 2023 

Centres must remind candidates that they must remain available until Wednesday 28 June 2023 should an awarding body need to invoke its contingency plan. 

The Exam Timetables for Summer 2023 will be displayed below when they are available;

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Additional Information for candidates documents


Information that all students are required to read at the start of the GCSE / A-level courses

Information for Candidates from Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) on behalf of exam awarding bodies AQA,  Pearson, OCR, WJEC


The Joint Council for QualificationsCIC is a membership organisation comprising the seven largest providers of qualifications in the UK. The JCQ provides a single voice for its members on issues of examination administration and, when appropriate, qualification and wider education policy.  Click here for a link to the JCQ website.

The JCQ 'Information for Candidates must be read by all candidates at the start of their GCSE / A-level courses.   

Coursework and Non-examination Assessments

Some courses include non-examination assessments (NEA's), and coursework.  The marks from these go alongside the marks from final public examinations, to decide the final grade awarded.

Most NEA and coursework  is marked by the student’s teacher, whose marking is then moderated within the Faculty, to ensure consistency across different classes. The exam board then moderate the marking of coursework by re-marking a sample of work from the school, and then adjust the initial marks if needed, before awarding the final mark.

Public Examinations

Before sitting their public exams it is useful for students to re-read the JCQ 'Information for Candidates', particularly the  information on 'Written Exams' and 'Social Media'.  The information should also preferably be read before sitting the PPE's.   (Pre-Public Exams, previously known as Mocks)  

If there is anything that you do not understand, please ask your Tutor or Mrs Power in the Exams Office.   

The Warning to candidatesand  Unauthorised Items Poster  – the warnings must be read by all candidates before they sit their exams, and will be displayed outside the exam room as a reminder.

Please read the Instructions for Candidatesand Exam arrangementsfrom The Castle School before sitting your Pre Public Exams (PPE's) (mocks) and your Public Examinations, this information will also be on the back of your seated timetables.

Failure by students to follow these instructions can result in disqualification (for that qualification, or even from all qualifications in that exam series). So you are advised to read these document carefully.

All schools are required to have an appeals system in place in relation to non-examination  assessments, coursework, and examinations, please see our policies below;

For further information on how your child can be supported throughout Year 11 please see the link below;

Exam Certificate collection 

If you need information on collection of Exam Certificates please contact the Exams Officer on the email above. 

Exam certificates are sent to the School in the November after that Summer's exams, these certificates are available from our Reception's from 1st December onwards until the following January;  GCSE Certificates from Park Road Reception, A-Level Certificates from Sixth Form Reception.  

Link to our Exam Results page